OMEA Hosts Vibrations 2012 Conference

The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) hosted Vibrations 2012, its annual conference, this weekend in Toronto.

By all accounts it was a great success with over 870 delegates attending plus over 400 students and a diverse group of clinicians, workshop providers, and performers. As well, there were 62 booths in the exhibit area displaying and selling every imaginable instrument and teaching aid. The event also featured presentations and performances by Canadian R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black, spoken word artist Ritallin, and SPLASH, a group of students from the Etobicoke School of the Arts who won the Show Choir Canada competition.

“This year the focus is a little bit on bringing in the 21st century and looking at some of the contemporary music that’s out there and some of the popular music,” past-OMEA president and current committee member Laura Lee Matthie told Canadian Musician magazine. “So the focus is sort of two-fold; looking at our evolving classroom, which is ever-changing with technology, and how can we meet the needs of our students better.”

Given the ongoing dispute between the public teachers union and the Ontario government, Matthie said the organization was unsure of what sort of support and attendance to expect at Vibrations 2012. “We were a little worried with all the political stuff going on whether schools would even support teachers coming,” she added before noting that attendance, luckily, did not appear to be negatively affected.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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